Prepare for the rapidly developing field of manufacturing engineering with our innovative new course. Developed to provide you with a good knowledge of a range of manufacturing principles, you will learn the skills you will need to apply new technologies to the solution of manufacturing problems.
This part-time course has been specifically developed for those in employment who have already completed an HND or HNC qualification, to allow you to continue studying alongside your work. You will enter directly into the second year of the degree programme.
The programme aims to develop engineers who can apply the principles of systems management, engineering and information technology to the solution of operational problems in industry and commerce. Manufacturing engineers are employed in a wide range of engineering, educational and commercial organisations.
Graduates from the course are equipped to progress to positions of responsibility in senior management or further programmes of specialised study or research.
In 2017, we are spending £6.5 million on improvements to our Millennium Point facilities so you’ll have even more access to dedicated, industry-standard equipment.
Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Saturday 24 March 2018. Come and see how our campus has transformed after our £260 million investment in facilities.
To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2017 or 2018, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.
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Please note: this course is open to direct applications only.
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 (C) or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.
You must pass a HNC in an Engineering qualification to be accepted to year three entry. Some Foundation degrees in Engineering may also be accepted, as well as a HND in Engineering.
In addition you must attain at least a grade C in A Level Mathematics or equivalent. Please see below for specific information about this requirement.
|UK Qualification||Requirements 2018/19|
|GCE A Level/ AS Level||BBC at A Level or 112 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels and including A Level Maths at grade C or above.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||In Engineering - Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits at Merit or Distinction with 9 credits of these credits from Mathematics units and 3 credits in Science units.|
|BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years)||D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Pass in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.|
|BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)||DMM - 112 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Pass in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.|
|BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years)||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. In addition, you will require a grade C in A Level Mathematics or equivalent such as a Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Pass in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||
1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.
2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.
Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level)
|Irish Leaving Certificate||112 UCAS points|
|Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher||112 UCAS points with Mathematics at Advanced Higher or equivalent. Grades BBC.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options)||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. Plus an A Level in Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent).|
Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
From A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels, including at least a grade C in A Level Maths
|BEng (Hons)||Sep 2018||PT||3 years day release||£1,542 per module|
|MEng||Sep 2018||PT||5 years day release||£1,542 per module|
Sorry, this course is not available to international students.
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
Applications for part-time undergraduate courses should be made direct to the faculty.
If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.
We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Design and Manufacture
This module develops your research skills, idea generation techniques, and ability to create CAD models and manufactured components.
You will also gain the ability to communicate design ideas and practical details, to evaluate and apply both tangible and subjective feedback, and to conceive, design, implement and operate practical solutions to design opportunities.
Design and Materials
The module provides you with the opportunity to learn about design, sustainable development, teamwork and communication while also contributing towards real international development projects.
You will gain the ability to communicate design ideas and practical details, to evaluate and apply both tangible and subjective feedback, and to conceive, design, implement and operate practical solutions to design opportunities.
It is anticipated that the project for this module will be based on the Engineers without Borders Design for People Challenge.
The module provides you with an understanding of the factors which control and constrain the performance of manufacturing and other operational systems including topics such as Risk Analysis and Decision Making Process, Material Flow Analysis, Maintenance and Replacement and Development of a Manufacturing Strategy.
Product Lifecycle Management
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) considers products and associated systems from concept to re-use, including design, manufacturing processes and routes, and production management, and places them in a global context which includes sustainability and climate change.
The core of PLM is in the creation and central management of all product data and the technology used to access this information and knowledge. This module will help you become proficient in the philosophies, tools and techniques you will need to achieve this coherence.
PLM as a discipline emerged from tools such as CAD, CAM and PDM, but can be viewed as the integration of these tools with methods, people and the processes throughout a product’s life. This module has a strong emphasis on the environment and on sustainability of business.
Leading Engineering Endeavour
Credit Value: 20
This project will be run as an intensive week-long activity. An interdisciplinary module, you will work with students from all fields of engineering to develop skills in engineering leadership and experience creating a purposeful vision and delivering on that vision.
This will set the professional skills for business in context by combining your technical course-specific knowledge with professional skills. It is proposed that the vehicle to deliver this will be the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, with the best teams entering the contest.
Delivery will include guest lectures, inviting industrial leaders, and a series of mini-lectures to cover key content, including Internationalisation. Each session will concentrate on group working to use and develop skills.
Manufacturing Automation and Control
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of and practical experience in the techniques used in controlling manufacturing applications. Topics include inspection, machine tool control, flexible and dedicated automation, work holding systems, supply of power and services, and health and safety issues.
This module provides you with an understanding of the analysis, design and planning of manufacturing and other operating systems, and also an opportunity to investigate and select alternative strategies for the planning, scheduling and control of manufacturing and other operating systems. The module also explores the quality systems, tools and techniques available to an organisation.
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the tools and techniques used in quality systems. Topics include Process Improvement, Process Capability, Improvement Techniques, Quality by Design, Mapping Techniques, Quality Costs, TQM and Standards (ISO 9000 etc.).
If you are intending to work in a manufacturing environment you will need to develop an understanding of the techniques used in Computer Aided Manufacture of components and products. You will also require a working knowledge of the application of CAM and simulation technologies to form complete integrated systems for product manufacture.
Topics include CAD, CAM and CNC data forms, simulation of machining operations, manufacturing cells, calibration, measurement and testing, 3-D System simulation, assembly systems, post processor configuration and application, advanced process simulation and product development.
This module provides an opportunity for you to investigate the world of new materials and their industrial application through a combination of taught content and both practical and theoretical research project work. It is anticipated that guest lectures will provide industrial focus to this wide-ranging subject.
It is proposed that a mini-conference will be held at the end of the module, offering opportunities for you to present your findings to academics, your peers, and industrial contacts.
Individual Honours Project (BEng only)
exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic, which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.
Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.
At this level, you will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available and this may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help to develop your project.
CEBE MEng Individual Master’s Project
This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.
Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.
You will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available which may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials.
Reverse Engineering (MEng only)
This module aims to provide you with the tools and techniques you require to assist in developing skills and expertise in the reverse engineering process. The module also provides you with an understanding of, and practical experience in, the techniques used in prototype manufacture.
Advanced Materials and Manufacture (MEng only)
This module provides an opportunity for you to investigate the world of new materials and to develop an understanding of the techniques used in Computer Aided Manufacture. This will be set in the context of industrial applications and delivered through a combination of taught content and both practical and theoretical research project work.
International Operations and Logistics (MEng only)
This module will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a critical evaluation of supply chain management and its links to the marketplace, the distribution networks, the manufacturing process and the procurement activity required, ensuring that customers receive a high level of service by lowering operational costs through effective logistics and supply chain operations.
Principles of Project Management (MEng only)
Project management is key to delivering strategic value within an organisation and it involves far more than a time plan, a budget and a risk register. Projects can range from construction of a new building to the launch of new product, or outsourcing previous in house functions, to the re-engineering of products, services and processes. This module will deal with the two main stages of any project – planning and implementation.
Seven techniques are identified as being applicable to one or both of these: PRINCE II, activity networking (work breakdown schedules), project financial appraisal, earned value method of project cost control, risk identification and assessment, break-even analysis, and use of computer software for project planning and control.
If you have completed a Foundation/HND course and want to study this degree with us in 2017, you may be able to start in Year two/three (level 5/6). Please be aware that the modules for a Year two/three start will be different to the ones listed above. You will need to download the 2016/17 programme for more information on which modules you will be studying.
You will develop analytical skills through coursework tasks, encouraging your creativity and problem solving using relevant systems and technologies.
You will be assessed both formatively and summatively by a number of methods, including coursework exercises, examinations, presentations and practical assignments, while assignment methods will include laboratory and design reports, presentations and in-class demonstrations. Summative assessment is by way of assignments, projects, presentations, time-controlled assignments and end examinations, where appropriate to the individual module.
The University has a range of research (PhD) postgraduate programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.
Accreditation towards Chartered Engineer status will be sought from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in accordance with their processes.
If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.
It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.
We will prepare you for employment by providing you with the skills, experience and industry links you’ll need to thrive upon graduating.
The University also has its Graduate+ scheme, an extracurricular programme which is designed to augment and enhance the subject-based skills you will develop through the programme. These additional skills and attributes will further enhance your employment options and prospects once you leave the University.
The programme will help you develop your skills in CV writing, presentations, covering letters and creating winning portfolios.
Career paths include opportunities in the following areas:
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
Students already in employment have often gained promotions in their sponsoring companies and have gone on to pursue professional careers in their chosen industries.
Students who have studied or worked in manufacturing, operations management or general engineering may be eligible to join this course, subject to interview and conditions.
We offer a wide range of technology to help you with your studies.
We have an ongoing strategy to upgrade and further develop our well-equipped laboratories. These plans are supported by global technology providers such as PTC and Technosoft. These two companies alone have recently donated more than £11 million worth of computer aided design, product lifecycle management and knowledge-based engineering software.
In addition, more than £750,000 worth of capital investment has been made in upgrading our engine emissions test facilities, environmental laboratory and thermodynamics equipment.
The key features of our exhaust analysis facilities include:
Alan is Associate Professor of Advanced Systems Engineering.
Having left school with no A Levels, Alan worked as a chainmaker, a shop assistant and in the food industry for over ten years before being made redundant and embarking on an Access Course at Wulfrun College in Wolverhampton. He worked part-time in an architectural drawing office and completed the BEng (Hons) in Engineering at Birmingham Polytechnic in 1992 and an MSc in Industrial Logistics at UCE in 1993. He began lecturing in CAD and Manufacturing Technology at the University and Matthew Boulton College in 1993.